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Christmas countdown activity: playing board games.

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Countdown activity today is to bake cookies. We recruited an elf to help out with it.img_5181

Today for our Chinese curriculum, I had the boys write Christmas cards in Chinese, mainly to the older generation. Writing Christmas cards is also one of the countdown activities. Basically, I’m killing two birds in one stone!

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We have officially started the Christmas countdown. This year work got really crazy busy so I didn’t have much time to plan. In fact, we were two days late. I printed the activities on slips of paper (Friday night) and slip them inside the balloons.

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Here’s one for today. img_5062

This is our family’s first trip to the Oracle Arena to watch the Warriors play (vs. Phoenix Sun).  The tickets were part of the summer camp (JR. NBA). We paid $25 for weekend game. Though we had nosebleed seats, the atmosphere was awesome. We went with my sister and the boys had a blast.img_5071

This year’s countdown activities were a mess, especially when I made it a bit more complicated having them unscramble the “clues.” It was extremely hard to get them all three to do it the same time (as they prefer to do it all together). Of course, it doesn’t help that I was super busy with work, and couldn’t get their prize ready on time. I should think of a better way next year.

But there are some of the prizes that I was able to shoot:

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This year’s countdown, I’m having the kids unscramble the letters to find where the elf is hiding. The elf will “reward” them with the activity for that day.

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We spent another Saturday morning finishing up the details with the reindeers to get ready for the Christmas countdown.

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Yay! All 24 of them up on display. Every year, I’d ask the boys and the Girl if they want to do this, and yes, every year they would answer with enthusiasm, of course! So every year, I would think of something different for the countdown. It’s a lot of work, but that’s part of the joy.

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In the afternoon, I was tired of all the cooking and cleaning for the last two days, and so we went out and tried Puerto Rican food in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. It’s definitely different and absolutely glad we made the decision to try it. The food (roast pork) was amazing and prices are very reasonable. We should definitely come back.

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We had so much turkey left over, we made turkey porridge this past weekend. Today, we made noodles from turkey stock. It was absolutely delicious! Plain, simple and just straight up comfort food on this cold wintery night.

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We also started our first countdown for Christmas.

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Finally, got the countdown ready for 2014 Christmas. With the help of Ah Lo, we managed to make 20+ trees ourselves. There was one store bought for $1 at Dollar Store (many years ago) and one was donated by a friend. Underneath each tree, there’s a math puzzle for the boys and girls to solve. Once solved, they will get a prize! 

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This is where they would find their answers…

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Riddle: WHAT GOES UP AND DOWN WITHOUT MOVING FROM ITS PLACE?

Didn’t take the kids long to solve this one either. They rushed down the stairs and saw these coupons.

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Yesterday my sister brought me to a new place for lunch called Sushirito. She raved about it though I never tried it. What? Sushi plus burrito?! That combination didn’t sound too appealing. BUT she was so right, it was divine! So today, I decided to make the kids sushirito for lunch. Though I didn’t have the same ingredients, I made them with marinated beef, avocado, furitake, shredded sesame cucumbers. They thought it was pure delicious!! Now they have another choice for lunch!

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